202 – Simon Sinek: Visionary Leadership Thinker; Best Selling Author of “Start With Why” & “Leaders Eat Last”

Simon Sinek is an unshakable optimist. He believes in a bright future and our ability to build it together.

Imagine a world where people wake up every day inspired to go to work, feel safe while they are there, and return home at the end of the day feeling fulfilled by the work they do, feeling that they have contributed to something greater than themselves.

Described as “a visionary thinker with a rare intellect,” Sinek teaches leaders and organizations how to inspire people. With a bold goal to help build a world in which the vast majority of people go home everyday feeling fulfilled by their work, Sinek is leading a movement to inspire people to do the things that inspire them.

A trained ethnographer, he is the author of two books: the global best seller, Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action and his newest book, the New York Times and Wall Street Journal best seller, Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t.

Fascinated by the leaders and companies that make the greatest impact in their organizations and in the world, those with the capacity to inspire, he has discovered some remarkable patterns about how they think, act and communicate and the environments in which people operate at their natural best. He has devoted his life to sharing his thinking in order to help other leaders and organizations inspire action.

He is best known for popularizing the concept of Why and for the talk he gave on the subject that became the second most watched talk of all time on TED.com. Sinek’s unconventional and innovative views on business and leadership have attracted international attention and have earned him invitations to meet with an array of leaders and organizations, including: 3M, Costco, Deckers, Ernst & Young, HSM, jetBlue, KPMG, Pfizer, NBC/Universal, the military, government agencies and entrepreneurs. Sinek has also had the honor of sharing his ideas at the United Nations, the United States Congress and with the senior leadership of the United States Air Force, United States Marine Corps, and United States Army. 

Sinek shares his optimism with all who will listen. He speaks around the globe and has commented for local and national press, including The New York Times, Inc. Magazine, NPR, BusinessWeek. Sinek is active on Twitter and writes his own blog, simonsinek.com.

Sinek is an adjunct staff member of the RAND Corporation, one of the most highly regarded think tanks in the world. He is also active in the arts and not-for-profit world, working with charity: water, an organization devoted to helping bring clean water to the over 700 million people around the world who don’t yet have it. He also serves on the board of the Tami Stronach Dance Company.

201 – Rachel Cruze: Speaker and Author on Life and Money for the Next Generation

Rachel was born the year her parents, Dave and Sharon Ramsey, lost everything and filed for bankruptcy. She grew up watching the sacrifices they made, and she learned early how to save for the future, spend wisely, avoid debt, and give generously.

Rachel grew up hearing people tell her dad, “I wish I’d heard this message years ago.” That fueled her desire to reach people and share the hard lessons her parents learned. It became her passion. It’s why she spoke to audiences as large as 12,000 at the age of 15, and why she travels the country today encouraging audiences ranging from universities and nonprofits to corporations and associations.

Rachel has appeared on Good Morning America, The Today ShowThe Meredith Vieira ShowKatie, and Fox & Friends. She’s also contributed to magazines like Woman’s Day and is a featured speaker at events like Smart Conference and The Legacy Journey LIVE! Her video blog launched in 2014 with the goal of making money fun, and it has become wildly popular. Her first book, a collaboration with her dad called Smart Money Smart Kids, is a number-one New York Times best-seller. In other words, the message is resonating!

Rachel is a graduate of the University of Tennessee. She lives in Franklin, Tennessee, with her husband Winston and their yellow lab, Nala.

Smart Money Smart Kids

In Smart Money Smart Kids, financial expert and best-selling author Dave Ramsey and his daughter Rachel Cruze equip parents to teach their children how to win with money. Starting with the basics like working, spending, saving, and giving then moving into more challenging issues like avoiding debt, paying cash for college, and battling discontentment, Dave and Rachel present a no-nonsense, common-sense approach to changing your family tree.

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200 – John R. Bell: Former Global CEO & Author of “Do Less Better”

John Bell is a retired consumer packaged goods CEO and global strategy consultant to some of the world’s most respected blue-chip organizations. A prolific writer, John’s musings on strategy, leadership, and branding have appeared in various marketing journals and publications such as Fortune and Forbes. He has served as a director of several private, public, and not-for-profit organizations.

Do Less Better has its roots in John Bell’s early career. At that time, John and a young leadership team faced the daunting task of resurrecting a company with a broad product range and buckets of red ink. That team took a step few leaders do, setting aside their own egos and trimming the company down to a shadow of its former self. The business that remained grew rapidly because they concentrated on running it, and nothing else. The lesson-learned served him well throughout his career as a CEO and then consultant: smart sacrifice is the surprising secret to success

Business complexity has never been greater, but it is not the phenomenon itself but rather the inability to cut through the clutter that blocks the way to clarity and coherence.

Do Less Better: The Power of Strategic Sacrifice in a Complex World

 (Palgrave Macmillan USA) teaches leaders how to recognize the complexity within their businesses and reveals how they can simplify and streamline through specialization and sacrifice. A company’s willingness to focus on a particular vision or identity holds the key to competitive advantage in a business world where big keeps getting bigger. 

For leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs who need help embracing the practices that foster agility, foresight, adaptability, and resilience, Do Less Better provides a tool-kit of road-tested strategies.

199 – John Ramstead: Executive Coach, Former Navy Fighter Pilot, Host of “Eternal Leadership Podcast”

As a leadership and executive coach, it is John’s purpose and joy to help individuals and companies reach their full potential. His twenty-five years as a Navy fighter pilot, serial entrepreneur, Fortune 500 management team member, board chair, and one who has held many other leadership positions uniquely qualifies him for what he feels his is now called to do. Having been in your shoes John truly understands the challenges you face.

John’s journey started when the U.S. Navy accepted him into flight school to become a Naval Aviator. The day he pinned on his wings of gold and received orders to fly the F-14 was the culmination of a dream he held since childhood. He went on to fly combat missions in Iraq and was selected to attend TOPGUN.

Visit John’s Eternal Leadership Website

John’s military and combat experience prepared him to succeed in his next career as an entrepreneur. Since leaving the Navy John has been part of three successful start up ventures, led a management team at a Fortune 100 company and developed a significant consulting practice.

John had a deep need to succeed in every aspect in my life, not just at work, but in his personal life to.  At a time when John felt his life lacked balance a close friend shared with him the love of Jesus. Accepting Him into John’s life gave everything focus and clarity. There were many storms still on the horizon but John now had a Navigator.

Three years ago John had a serious accident and suffered near fatal injuries and broke almost every bone in his face and skull. His neck was fractured and his rib cage was crushed. In the last three years John has had over 20 surgeries and procedures.

When John woke up at the accident scene he was in pain beyond description. As he struggled against those holding him down the presence of God surrounded him. Never had he felt such personal unconditional love! That moment is still as vivid to John as if it happened yesterday. In His presence all of John’s pain disappeared and he was at total peace. It was then that God spoke to John. John heard God say “All things work together for good for those that love the Lord and I will heal you and use this for My glory!”

Having been in God’s presence and experiencing what an authentic and personal relationship with Him truly is transformed John to who he is.

The Eternal Leadership Podcast

Eternal LeadershipThere comes a point in life where one desires to live a life of significance. The Eternal Leadership podcast brings you expert thought leaders on life, business, relationships and faith to provide clarity and solutions to the complex issues leaders face every day!

198 – Fred Swaniker: Founder & Executive Chairman of African Leadership Academy

Fred is deeply passionate about Africa and believes that the missing ingredient on the continent is good leadership. In line with this, he has founded two organizations that aim to catalyze a new generation of ethical, entrepreneurial African leaders: African Leadership Academy and the African Leadership Network.

In recognition of his work in developing Africa’s future leaders, Fred was selected as one of 115 young leaders to meet US President Obama at the first-ever President’s Forum for Young African Leaders held at the White House in 2010. He has been recognised as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, and was listed by Forbes Magazine among the top ten young ‘power men’ in Africa in 2011. Fred was also recognized by Echoing Green as one of fifteen “best emerging social entrepreneurs in the world” in 2006. He was a 2009 TED Fellow and is a Fellow of the Aspen Institute’s Global Leadership Network.

Fred began his professional career as a consultant with McKinsey and Company and has an MBA from Stanford Business School, where he was named an Arjay Miller Scholar, a distinction awarded to the top 10% of each graduating class at the business school. He was born in Ghana but has lived and worked in about 10 different African countries.

See Fred’s TED Talk Here